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. >> something you were saying about reality -- we saw the october surprise, super storm sandy, natomas is spending the campaign, but also the -- not only suspending the campaign, but also the bloomberg endorsement. many were looking over the right shoulder in terror -- if you acknowledge that climate is a real -- yesterday, for the five members of congress went to defeat. because they were targeted for taking anti-science positions in independent districts. is the as starting to melt them apart in the republican party on climate science? is there an opening for the president and the administration to move more boldly? >> it is sandy a turning point in this discussion or not? >> the whole discussion of climate change has become so polarized that i think, if we can address some of our economic challenges, some of our immigration challenges, there are a whole host of things on the priority list to overcome all that. right now, it has become so divisive that i will look for any immediate move on that particular issue. >> the santa barbara oil spill was a galvanizing change. >> i think ther
. >> i do not know -- to me, it looks like a hurricane sandy did play a part in the outcome. governor christie was an ardent supporter of romney to start with -- after the hurricane, it sounded like he was leaning toward obama. my question to you, did it play a part in the outcome? >> did governor christie's embrace of president obama on the tarmac in new jersey after hurricane sandy play a role in the outcome in this election? i would like to hear david answer first. >> undeniably not. did somebody turn out the vote for the president in colorado who was not going to turn out the vote? did people switch their views in the closing days? no, we have the best data at -- any campaign has ever had. the race did not change. pre-sandy or post-sandy. there was a set of voters who were yet to make the decision, and they allocated the way we ought they were going to. sandy was not a driver. number two, you could say it dominated the news appropriately for two or three days. the romney campaign had a hard time punching through that. that may be one tactical thing. the thing -- the notion that so
wishful thinking. he embraced president obama after hurricane sandy to the dismay of some in his own party who saw his reality based actions and undermining the g.o.p. candidate. these days steve schmidt is at one of the largest political firms. since running the mccain campaign in 2008 he has been on campaigns around the world. and you saw him during the 2012 u.s. campaign. he was campaign manager for the landslide reelection of california governor in 2006. before that a top political advice sor in the white house of george w. bush. he attended the university of delaware from 1988 to 1993. david plouffe crossed paths in schmidt in the late 1980's. he completed his political seasons degree and finned two years ago. he has completed two presidential bids. he was appointed as a senior advice sor to the president in the white house in 2011. he attended is the marks high school before serving in a wide viret of state and national political campaigns. i'm going to ask the two speakers this evening to speak and i had to decide who is going to go first and i decided to use a standard that anyone
of superstorm sandy on telecommunications systems tomorrow night at 8 eastern. >> good morning. >> congratulations. >> thank you. after november 6th, you hid. you've been in montana. >> yes, yes. drinking beer. >> what else did you do there? >> i saw my beloved grizzlies play football, hung out, saw friends, did this amazing thing called sleeping. i've never done it before. it was great. >> right after this you are going back? >> i'm going back tomorrow for thanksgiving. then we leave for a month in italy on saturday. >> they love you on battleground radio. this is the first time you've been on camera national interview. why? >> it seemed like a very bad idea at the time. but, look, you know, we had amazing on air people like stephanie cutter and my salty language didn't seem really fit for television during the campaign. we decided to try it out afterwards. >> okay. let's plunge in. at what point did the race become unwinnable for mitt romney? >> i'm not sure what that moment was. when i thought we were, you know, going to win the election was a few days before the election wh
at hurricane sandy and federal spending. then the talk about military ethics. then at 9:15 a.m. eastern, how the lame-duck session of congress may deal with the farm bill. ♪ > host: good morning and welcome to "washington journal." president obama is in the final day of the southeast asia trip. he is in cambodia and has just back hillary clinton to the middle east to talk about violence in the area. we would like to know whether what you think the role of the united states should be in the conflict in the middle east. here are the numbers. you can also find us online. you can tweet us @cspanwj. facebook.ee spoc here is the have one of the washington post. secretary clinton will travel to the middle east as israel always risky choices on and gaza. clinton will travel to the middle east today to discuss ongoing violence in gaza according to white house officials she will talk with leaders in jerusalem, ramallah and cairo. issues leading the east asia summit that president obama is an app. the death toll in the gaza strip surpassed 100 on monday. with evidence that an egyptian
with over 35 years of experience. a storm like superstar on sandy is a storm we have never seen before -- a storm like super storm sandy. it is due to industrial pollution from burning fossil fuels such as petroleum. some might question is this. how much responsibility does the petroleum industry willing to take for superstar sandy and other climate disasters that are looming on the horizon? how do you justify using billions of years of energy accumulation through your own individual wealth? thank you very much. guest: thank you for the question. the oil and natural gas industry are leaders in alternative forms of energy. we take our responsibility very seriously. we have invested more than the federal government in these different forms of energy over the past 10 years. to nobodycond seat for energy future. we understand our role and are looking always for new energy forms. we have a vast diversity of energy that we produce. climate has been a discussion in the united states for the past decade or so. carbon emissions right now are at 1992 levels. the economy has slowed down and we ne
it's a bigger issue the president takes up after hurricane sandy? guest: well, he suggested he might but i doubt -- john, given the issues that are on his table right now, if he takes it up, it's going to be leitner his second term. host: on twitter, mr. barnes, will jeb bush run in 2016? >> -- guest: i thought he would run in 2012. he has incredible experience dealing with hurricanes and other emergencies in florida. he's a likable guy. he appeals to both mod rats and conservatives. he will be what in his early 60's if he plans to run? i hope he would run and would be an extremely attractive candidate. paul ryan who is back in the house of representatives because he was re-elected to his house seat while he lost the vice president election. it's a very strong bench. i'd have to say, jeb bush is a part of it, and i would have him on the part of the bench where you're the first stout come in. host: -- guest: you can argue they are a younger generation. some are in their 40's like ryan and others a generation that hadn't arrived at the presidential level. i didn't agree with that. but
surprise was hurricane sandy, with the bloomberg endorsement, christie, a bipartisan appeal, etc. on the right, you see them looking over their shoulder in terror of being taken on in primaries. yesterday four of the five members in congress targeted by the leak of co conservation went down in defeat. they were targeted for taking anti-science positions and independent districts. is the ice stunning to melt and break up in the republican party owith this reign of terror of the no-nothing wing of climate science? is there an opening for the administration to go more boldly on climate? >> is sandy a turning point? >> the whole discussion of climate change has become so polarized that i think that if we can address some of our economic challenges, if we can address some of our immigration challenges, there are things that are a whole lot higher on the priority list and trying to overcome the divine on that. eventually the progress of science will be persuasive to more and more people. but right now it has become so divisive that i wouldn't look for any sort of immediate rapprochemen
well and how we make sure everybody does well. >> the impact of superstore and sandy on telecommunications systems -- tomorrow night on "the communicators." >> now, a conversation with randi weingarten, president of the american federation of teachers. this is about 40 minutes. host: randi weingarten is president of the american federation of teachers. she joins us from new york. thank you for being here. guest: it is great to be with you and to all of your watchers and listeners -- we have a lot to be gratified for on this thanksgiving holiday. happy thanksgiving. host: thank you for sharing quite a bit of your thanksgiving weekend with us. if congress gets ready to really delve into the fiscal cliff and the scheduled cuts of sequestration, what is the goal of your organization? guest: the last couple weeks right after the election we have done nothing other than san the recovery comes as well as fighting about needing balance in terms of the budget. i do not even think the word is the appropriate word. what happens in december is the bush tax cuts for the wealthy ex
of sandy? >> or in the future with regard to others. specifically more on bailout and the effect of national debt. >> it is hard to see that we do not need national regulation in the insurance industry. we certainly have it for the future. it does have advantages. we still have state security regulators. we have an oversight by there. this ties back to the financial industry. you have to have proper reserves in the insurance industry. i would say with respect to bailout, they are creating an environment where they do not have to do bailouts. it means there are so many safeguards along the way that were not there. do you separate the investment bank today? you have the vicar's reports in the u.k. which deals directly to its. you have systemically important organizations. clearly what happened in 2008 is a wake-up call for policy makers to make sure that whatever businesses present a risk, some sort of systemic risk to the economy than that this the fundamental proper role of regulation to make sure that it is in some way firewall so it doesn't have cost contagion. >> thank you so
benefits fell sharply last week. analysts say that the figure was analyst -- elevated by hurricane sandy. the labor department says that applications dropped from 40,000 in the previous week's. aaa says that more than 43 million of us are going somewhere for thanksgiving this year. travel organizations say that they will take a sharp upturn in the economy. officials in greece are criticizing the failure of the you -- european union to release loan funds for that debt ridden country. the greek prime minister is warning that it is not just the great future that hangs in the balance. the delay prolonged uncertainty over the future of greece, facing a default that would threaten the entire eurocurrency. finally, there is a new u.n. report saying that concentrations of greenhouse gases are up 20% since the year 2000. the report, days ahead of a climate conference reminds world government that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goals of limiting global warming. some of the headlines this hour on c-span radio. >> you career officers changed this army
failure to abide by the rules. i want to make it abundantly clear we are in the same situation. sandy and i was a "profile in courage" almost to support china and we have consistently supported our position as most people are supporting the committee's position and the congress position as relates to allowing russia to assume the responsibilities of joining the w.t.o.. and while we have no guarantees that she will abide by the rules, at least we do have she recognizes that they are international rules. and for those people that are just monitoring the behavior of the people's republic of china, we have to realize that in order to get people to cooperate and to find some discipline in international trade, they have to join. and this goes a long way in making certain that only that we create the jobs and improve commercial trade with russia, but also it encourages the administration now to see what works for the great united states, what really works improve the quality of trade between all nations, and gives us another tool to work with. so i want to thank sandy and the chairman of the
. and i also want to acknowledge the steering committee, christie and jeff, sandy and gary, jckie nackie and bob, joyce and arnie, janet and mark jacobs, jennifer and chuck, bruce and debbie and doug rightguard. erin and matt, jane and bob, marcia and dan. i want to thank all of them up for their good works and thanks to all of you for making this the most successful fund-raiser the brandsstad committee has had in history. thank you very much. i want to thank the wilder side band for their entertainment and for our baker, linzie of live, love, bake for delicious birthday treats tonight. this is a wonderful cake they put together. thank you very much. one of the big reasons for having such a great success is our and operational speaker, marco rubio. what a wonderful message he has and what a great example of the american dream. and he is an inspiration to me and so many others to continue to focus on a limited government and empowering the private sector to grow opportunities for all of our people. tonight's event, with this event, we have turned the page and we look towards the future.
's washington journal, federal spending for hurricane sandy relief. after that, jerry had angstrom-- hagstrom on the future of the farm bill. plus your e-mails, phone calls, and wheatweets. the woodrow wilson center hosted a discussion tuesday on the challenges in the middle east for u.s. foreign policy. you can see it live starting at noon eastern here on c-span. president obama met with congressional leaders last week to discuss a plan for avoiding the fiscal clef. the ceo of the nasdaq stock market talks about the campaign, where he and other ceo's are willing to pay higher taxes as part of a deal to avert a fiscal close. he spoke for about an hour. >> good afternoon. i am vice chairman of brookings. i would like to welcome everyone today. good to see you. it is my great pleasure to welcome my colleague and friend to brookings. there is no doubt bob is an extraordinarily successful business executives. the value has increased by a factor of four. revenue has gone up to 1.7 billion. cash flow has gone up her year, and he has taken over the niche market and made it one of the most important
saw superstorm san joaquin smash into -- sandy smash into new jersey and new york with devastating results. loss of life, incredible loss of property, both public and private, and a very, very big cleanup bill. joining me in a little while will be some of our representatives from the state of new york. and they'll talk about that in detail. but before sandy ever hit the coast there was a need here in america to protect americans from storms and floods. we know what happens when the protection wasn't there. devastating results. today in the news in california, northern california , there is on the headlines a series of storms coming into northern california, into my district, into where my home is, and the word is, get ready for serious flooding. i mean, this is very early in the season. although californians with any memory at all will know that there are a series of infamous christmas floods in northern california. now, this is really a thanksgiving flood potential. but nonetheless it's there. and i will tell you clearly that the sacramento region, which is the second most risky r
, and the brave first responders that have worked tirelessly to protect communities following hurricane sandy. more details about the trip will be announced when they are available. the new york area. earlier today, the president convened a call with homeland security secretary napolitano, the fema administrator, the chief of staff, the deputy assistant to the president for homeland security richard reid, and other senior members of his team. he received an update on the latest response efforts in the affected area. he also heard from napolitano on the latest efforts to meet the continuing power and fuel challenges facing affected communities as well as ongoing work in support of governors and their teams to develop long-term housing solutions for the affected families. administrator few gate is meeting with local officials as well as surveying damage and ongoing response and recovery efforts. the president directed his team to continue to bring all available resources to bear to support our state and local partners and to not allow red tape or bureaucracy to stand in the way of federal suppo
jersey that we experience in the past three weeks because of super storm sandy. the larger issue of -- host: the president talked about economic growth and listen to what he has to say and we will get your response. [video clip] >> the american people will continue to be focused on our economy, jobs, and growth. he message is that we are going to ignore jobs and growth to address climate change, i do not think anyone will go for that. i will not go for that. host: mr. komanoff? guest: in a month and a half, on january 1, the payroll tax holiday that we in a thick -- that we enacted several years ago is set to expire. that is about as big a job killing and growth killing development as we can imagine. we have to find revenue to extend the payroll tax holiday. one place we can find that revenue is through a carbon tax. there is no contradiction between tax and carbon emissions and saving the climate and promoting growth and increasing jobs and employment at the same time. host: here is our first call rom alabama on the democrats' line. caller: i give you an b + on your program. i t
in this election. shortening the convention in tampa and sandy at the end of probably had an impact. i do not know that it is easy to measure the impact. we have spoken amongst the voters who decided in the last seven days -- barack obama won a majority -- a huge surprise to political scientists around the country, who will tell you that the challenger picks up the majority of the last minute undecided voters with an incumbent because they are not happy with the status quo and in this case they broke for the incumbent. sandy probably had something to do with that. look, i think it is a matter of policy and outreach, with people, the right people speaking for the republican party. finally, it is a matter of town. -- tone. these policies are inclusive. a quick way to grow those for everyone is to have the policies that were laid out by mitt romney, and we just were not successful in that. >> do you think that the comments by the senatorial candidates mattered? did they carry in the polling that you saw on a national level? >> yes. again, hard to measure, but obviously the gender gap that we have on
like super storm sandy is a storm we have never seen before. it is due to industrial pollution from burning fossil fuels such as petroleum. some might question is this. how much responsibility does the petroleum industry willing to take for superstar sandy and other climate disasters that are looming on the horizon? how do you justify using billions of years of energy accumulation through your own individual wealth? thank you very much. guest: thank you for the question. the oil and natural gas industry are leaders in alternative forms of energy. we take our responsibility very seriously. we have invested more than the federal government in these different forms of energy over the past 10 years. we take second seat to nobody for energy future. we understand our role and are looking always for new energy forms. we have a vast diversity of energy that we produce. climate has been a discussion in the united states for the past decade or so. carbon emissions right now are at 1992 levels. the economy has slowed down and we need to get people back to work and to get the economy recovered.
one in the new jersey newspaper, after the election and hurricane sandy, millions still left powerless. our hearts go out to those that are still without electricity up in the five boroughs and new jersey shore. hopefully they are pulling it together now. the other a reverend, i heard was, hey, the chair won. after the republican convention and everything else. without asking you voted for, let me pull the audience to. how many of you thought the election results were mostly positive? there you go. how many mostly negative? and how many too soon to tell? that is a good barometer of our audience tonight. as a challenge to the panel, abraham lincoln in the start of his campaign in 1858 said, a house divided cannot stand. reference to the nation -- nature of the republic back then. how divided are we, where are the lines? both candidates promise bipartisan progress. facing the challenges of a nation at home and abroad. can the winner possibly deliver? i would put that board as a challenge not just to the president by congress as well. tammy resolved extraordinary good but we are now facin
first responders who have worked tire leslie following hurricane sandy. more details about the trip will be announced when they are available. >> new york city or new york area? >> new york area. >> earlier today the president queened a call with homeland security, fema chief of staff and other senior members of his team. on the call the president received an update on the latest response and recovery efforts in the affected area. he also heard from fema administrator on the latest efforts to meet the continuing power and fuel challenges facing affected communities as well as ongoing work of the governors and their teams for housing solutions for the families. administrator is in new york survey i have aing damage and ongoing response recovery efforts t. president directed his team to bring all available resources to bear to support our state and local partners and not allow red tape to stand in the way of federal support that can be provided t. president will continue to receive updates on the response and recovery efforts from his team. and with that i'll take your questions. >> t
of his constituents who were under siege from hurricane sandy. he has his priorities in order. he knows his policy. he loves his american people. he is very patriotic. he is very good at politics. >> thank you very much. thank you to leader pelosi for her tenacity and her unprecedented work ethic. to my new colleagues -- welcome. the leader told me that it would be a labor when. i have enjoyed every day of this job. it says something about our unexpected pickups that you had to use your wide angle lenses to capture the incredible wealth of talent and diversity we have. with the new members, the tea party starts to roll back and problem solving can move forward. that is what this election was about. these leaders wake up every morning not thinking about left or right. they wake up thinking about how to move their communities forward, the country forward, how to solve problems. are may years to have had to balance budgets and the potholes'. they are veterans. they are small business people. they are doctors. the message that voters sent due out this country is that they want problem solve
, sandy and gary, jackie and bob, joyce and arnie, janet and mark jacobs, jennifer and chuck, bruce and debbie and doug rightguard. erin and matt, jane and bob, marcia and dan. i want to thank all of them up for their good works and thanks to all of you for making this the most successful fund-raiser the brandstad committee has had in history. thank you very much. i want to thank the wilder side band for their entertainment and for our baker, linzie of live, love, bake for delicious birthday treats tonight. this is a wonderful cake they put together. thank you very much. one of the big reasons for having such a great success is our inspirational speaker, marco rubio. what a wonderful message he has and what a great example of the american dream. and he is an inspiration to me and so many others to continue to focus on a limited government and empowering the private sector to grow opportunities for all of our people. tonight's event, with this event, we have turned the page and we look towards the future. i have always been one that learned that you never fight the last battle or a
by hurricane sandy. this panel was scheduled for last week and we've made a change so here we are. the one advantage of that is there is little time before the voting ends. the -- being able to make predictions and limit on an intervening in the event is not there. you are really on the line here. i thought dan with our to make the introductions. the longer version is in your packet. tom davis is a representative of northern virginia. and the head of the national republican campaign committee. martin frost represented texas and was a ranking member of the rules committee and chair of the democratic caucus and on the other side of the aisle, ran the democratic congressional campaign committee. both are experienced members but experience in running the national races for congress, for their respective parties. i am i to take a few minutes before we turn to -- going to take a few minutes before we turn and look at a report. it is about the redistricting or the change we have made in our district following the census and it is about the types of members who are holding the seats and whether we
's stop there. first, i want to show you "the daily news" about superstore sandy, new york hit with a $30 billion bill. "the daily news" is saying to suck it up. responding to the storm up there in new york. that is a story to watch as congress returns. another topic for congress, of course, is the situation with general petraeus resigning. we will talk about that with ronald kessler, next. we will talk about protocol, and then we will return to this fiscal cliff discussion with evan in, former democratic senator from indiana. we will be right back. ♪ >> c-span invites middle school and high-school students to send a message to the president. let the president know which issue is most important to be considered in 2013. the studentcam video competition is open to students grades 6 through 12, and the january -- and the deadline is january 18. for complete rules, go online to studentscam.org. >> i enjoy the rebroadcast of various television news programs. i like that they provide and to end coverage without the sound bites. it really gives me an opportunity to consume as much information
. especially those hit by hurricane sandy. secondly, we all believe in the context of this that those human investments programs that support and sustain working class and poor americans should not be the sacrificial lamb in any discussion. those programs have already been cut and reduced to an extent. we are very unified in our thinking. thirdly and finally, we stand here as representatives of organizations and constituencies that we work for, but we stand here as americans with the sincere hope that the men and women in this city can find common ground we know they can find if the all exercise good will and a commitment to the common ground. we think that is one of the most important messages. there is a sincere feeling to find common ground. we thank the president for having us today. we appreciate that. sister janet and then jim. >> and the executive director of -- you probably know me ask bus. the nun on the what i take away is the president's awareness and commitment to the struggles that working class folks have in the united states. he understands that you can work for minimum wage
on super storm sandy on telecommunications systems on c-span2. >> on tomorrow morning's "washington journal" jack girard talks about gas prices and alternative energy efforts. christine owens discusses unemployment benefits. and after that, dominic chu discusses what wall street investors are doing with their money in advance of the fiscal cliff. "washington journal" live on tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern. now, look at the role of private enterprise and public education and what the obama administration approach will be in 2013. this is an hour and 35 minutes. >> welcome. thank you for joining us. we are just getting back. the energy level is probably going to get mellow. we will make that work for us. today's panel is on the question of for-profit and federal education policy. this is a topic that we at aei have been talking about for an extended stretch. in support of the templeton foundation, we have been running the private enterprise projects, trying to think about the opportunities and the challenge. how do make this work for kids in the communities? how do we think about some o
know many of you and your friends and neighbors are recovering from the events of hurricane sandy -- i want to let you know our thoughts are with everyone who has suffered during the storm and its aftermath. it has been a very challenging time for new york city. i think you have shown quite a bit of fortitude in coming back and getting back to business. my remarks today are going to focus on the reasons for the disappointingly slow pace of economic recovery in the united states, and the policy actions that have been taken by the federal open market committee to support the economy. in addition, i will discuss important economic challenges our country faces as we close out 2012 and move into 2013, in particular the challenge of putting federal government finances on a sustainable path and the longer run while avoiding actions that would endanger the economic recovery in the near term. the economy is continuing to recover from the financial crisis and recession, but the pace of the recovery has been slower than fomc participants and others had hoped or anticipated when i spoke here last,
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of hurricane sandy, governor chris christie of new asked for help with gas pipeline crews. the are people from specter energy here today. specter has crews in ontario that were ready to go. there was some pickup in some pipeline. i get an urgent call from our board members. he said -- this is crazy. we got into it. several people worked on it. they found out -- we could not -- it got resolved. the crews helped the electcity workers. we got to this crisis. it underscores the importance of the on the border work. now that we have got the u.s. elections behind us, is there a moment to build an amendment on it now? why is it so important to you? >> it is of immense benefit to both sides. we remain each other's largest trading partners. we are the two most integrated economies in the world. to have businesses constantly coming up against silly differences or the tyranny of small differences makes no sense. we have been making good progress since we agreed to this one year ago. it has been moving ahead well. it will pick up some steam now that the election is over. i hope that incidents like this th
district and throughout my state in the aftermath of hurricane sandy was nothing less than catastrophic. mr. pallone: but i really want to talk about the rebuilding effort today and what we need to do over the long term. the amount of outpouring, if you will, from volunteers, from just regular people in the district was just overwhelming. and i want to thank fema. i want to thank the red cross, the salvation army, all the different groups that are out there and continue to be out there today helping out with in effort. but the outpouring of volunteers from our own district and from new jersey was gist incredible. -- was just incredible. a few days ago i remember going to union beach, which was one of the towns hardest hit, and seeing so many people bringing food and clothing and cleaning supplies and one guy owns a pizza place, brought in a pizza oven and was making pizzas. another guy brought in a tv so people could watch tv at the center. where people come to sign up for fema. it just was amazing and it showed the spirit, if you will, of the people that they were willing to do that. but t
and sandy -- they are twins. they were entering high school. they graduate in june. their moms are not married. we have to tell this human story as often as possible because that is what america cares about. we have to be smart about how we get these take juries and how we get them as fast as we can. always remembering why and we fought. i cannot be more eloquent than you were. >> you talked about the coalitions that were put in place for the work that was done in this election season. how do you see our role as lgbt people in working other issues of oppression? where do you see that playing out? >> you are right. it is important. look at the fiscal cliff. sequestration. if we do not come to a sensible resolution, all people, including lgbt people, it is silly when you have these discussions as though lgbt people are not part of the community impacted by health care or impacted by cuts in medical care, especially care for hiv and aids patients. look at where we are headed without a deal. we have to increasingly work together in coalitions in partnerships where we can come toget
and affirmed by the tragedy in the northeast with hurricane sandy. secondly, we all believe a in the context of this that the human investment programs that support and sustain the working class and poor americans should not be the sacrificial lamb in any discussions. those programs have already been cut, been reduced to an extent. we are very unified in our thinking. thirdly and finally, we stand here, yes, as representatives of the organizations and the constituencies that we work for. we stand here as americans with a sincere hope the men and women in this city can find common ground. we know they can find common ground if they all exercise good will. if they exercise a commitment to common ground. we think that is one of the most important messages. a sincere feeling that we expect leaders to find common ground. we think the president for having us today and his out reach efforts have been extraordinary. i will introduce sister and then janet and we will go from there. >> i am sister samone. you probably know me -- it was a big honor to be in the meeting today. i think what i take away i
is getting over hurricane sandy and people don't have anything left. host: you said you plan to spend about the same. how much did you spend or plan to spend this holiday season? caller: i was trying not to go into my personal story but i am disabled. i have diabetes so i don't really spend much on anything. that is not really the point. guest: as much as consumers seem like they are having short-term memory and starting to return to pre-recessionary levels, we are seeing consumer debt levels come down. that could be an indicator as much as americans are very concerned about consumption, they are also very concerned about their financial well- being. it will see whether they will cancer each -- cancel each other out. there are some trends that bode well for overall financial health -- the idea that debt levels are starting to decline is a good thing. host: about whether or not holiday spending helps our economy -- here is holiday sales and the economy -- how does that compare to years past and what impact does it have? guest: some people are predicting $700,000 which would be phenomenal con
well, who didn't do well and how we make sure everybody's doing well. >> impact srmstorp sandy on telecommunication systems, tomorrow night 8:00 eastern on "the communicators" on c-span2. next -- a look at how veterans are treated when returning from war. we will hear from former secretary of state colin powell, retired general stanley mccrystal, the former commander of forces in afghanistan, and other veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. mod rated -- moderated by tom brokaw, this is 90 minutes. thank you. we hope in the course of the next half hour or so >> thank you all very much. with our veterans but motivate you to get involved as well. sta and general powell and i about ts issue. what stan can do better than anyone i know is described for you the kind of young man or woman who has enlisted in the armed forces and how their lives are shaped by that experience. it would be helpful for the people to have a clear picture of what happens to in 18-year- old 119-year-old man or woman going into early branches -- branches and how it affects their lives. >> i appreciate t
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